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Non Si Deve Profanare il Sonno dei Morti (1974) 1 brain1 brain
(Spain)

Alternate Titles:

Breakfast at the Manchester Morgue
Don't Open the Window
Let Sleeping Corpses Lie
The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue
No Profanar el Sueño de los Muertos
Sleeping Corpses Lie
Zombi 3 (Da Dove Vieni?)


I saw this video under the title Let Sleeping Corpses Lie. It has many other titles as well, so you may have heard of it as Living Dead at Manchester Morgue, or something similar. I had some problems with various aspects of this movie. A large part of the theme was the struggle against Technology and the Man, which, as struggles go, is OK in general, but it was overdone in this movie. It limited the appeal, since the story could only have happened in the 70's. Perhaps it's only my naivete, but the cops seemed just too ready to pin the murders done by the zombies on the hippie protagonist, finally concluding that he was a devil-worshiping psychopath, and all because he had long hair.

The story is about a hippie biker and a female motorist thrown together by fate when the motorist runs over the hippie's motorcycle. On the way to visit the motorist's sister, they pass through a region where scientists are experimenting with a machine that kills bugs using sonic waves, intended as a crop pesticide. Unbeknownst to them, the machine affects all simple nervous systems, including bugs, babies, and corpses. Pretty soon, the couple is running afoul of zombies, but nobody believes them.

The story drags a bit in the beginning, which is what I think I really had against it. Charge me with having a short attention span, but if I'm watching a zombie movie, I don't want to have to wait long for the action, or there should at least be a good plot in the meantime. Anyway, once the movie kicks into gear, it's enjoyable. There are some really good effects, and there is some suspense as the hippie tries to save himself and the woman from the zombies while keeping away from the police.

If you can overlook the parts of this movie that are dated or don't make sense, then I suppose it's a good film. I imagine that it's one of the better ones of its time, and with patience, even a modern-day zombie buff could like it.